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I Tried Healthy, It Didn’t Work!

By September 5, 2016 April 28th, 2019 2 Comments

“I started eating healthy, I am now drinking soy milk instead of dairy”
“Do you know Avocados are fattening?”
“I can’t go sugar-free; I need sugar in my diet to boost my energy levels”
“I am trying to eat lots of fruits but I heard the sugar in bananas cause diabetes”
 
OKAY, stop!
 
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I hear the above statements, and how funny they sound to me. Funny because I have been there! I gave up a LOT of dairy products long before I transitioned to a plant-based diet. I was all in when it came to soy milk! Then came vegan burgers, vegan cheeses, vegan sausages, vegan nuggets, and I thought I had made it in life! … #ButSOY
 
There is a point in the health journey when you’re really trying to figure it out and get it all right, and then someone hits you with a “fact”… (ahem MYTH), and then you get confused! “What am I to do?”.
 
That’s exactly how I felt when I heard about bananas causing diabetes from a friend and started eating a quarter of a banana per serving,- according to SOME doctors- while heavily eating refined sugar… because I didn’t want diabetes. Talk about irony.
 
Science will always be science; and we all know how ‘scientists’ and SOME researchers have managed to vilify naturally existing foods and in so doing led the human race astray.
 
-Now before I get in too deep, let me clearly state that I am no Medical Doctor, nor do I hold a degree in Nutrition. I am a lover of all things God-made and absolutely obsessedwith educating myself on all things Health and Wellness. (I really could  just say “Health and Wellness Enthusiast ^_^).
I believe in the healing power of Nature to our bodies and earnestly pray for a world without modern medicine, artificial preservatives and chemicals.
 
I am simply a girl on a mission to empower individuals and families tot take proactive part in their health while unveiling the amazing yet untapped benefits of Nature.
Might I also add that I am absolutely frustrated with what the consumer goods industry makes of us and the harm they are causing to human beings! —
 
I know what it feels like to be so enthusiastic about being healthy! And in all that enthusiasm, I know what it feels like to achieve ZERO results and even worsen your situation because you are doing it absolutely wrong! I know what it feels like to just want to give up.
 
The “world/internet/dietician” said to do it this and that way! Still nothing, right?
They said to stop buying carbonated drinks (aka soda) and get into the smoothie life!
They said dairy was not good, so you went in for soy!
They said sugar boosts your energy levels, then they said zero-calorie sweeteners were a better option!
They said avocados are fattening, but they recommend chicken fried in hydrogenated oils!
They said to switch to low fat this and that.
 
As I said, I am a lover of al things God-made and I dare not call what the Lord has made unclean! My arguments come in when humans refine naturally existing foods or genetically modify them and then sell to consumers! And this, my friends, is how the story of “Soy is not good for you” among others, was birthed.
 
Unless you have soybeans in the rawest, purest form on hand to soak and cook properly, you would want to steer clear of soy. About 90% of the soy produced in the United States are highly genetically modified and refined.
“What does this mean/imply?”
Soybeans are a pretty good source of protein; this is why people who want to be vegetarian/vegan switch to soy as a ‘sub’ for protein! However, ‘processed soy’ means the nutrients are denatured and the quality of the food reduced. And this is the story of the day.
Soybeans in their raw form are also very high in phytates – substances that bind minerals and inhibit absorption. This is why soy is best eaten when soaked or fermented and properly cooked.
 
While we are at this, let me mention that research shows that Soybeans contain phytoestrogens, which mimic the body’s natural estrogen hormones. For women, this is said to cause “ estrogen dominance, which has been linked to infertility, menstrual troubles and cancer…”. For men, this can lead to testosterone imbalance, imbalance, infertility, low sperm count, etc.”
 
So you might want to consider dropping that soy milk and those ‘vegan burgers, sausages, nuggets” etc. Vegan/Vegetarian doesn’t automatically equal healthy.
 
“And what about Avocados?”
The word fat, unfortunately has been preached as such a bad thing. This is why people aren’t here for avocados because they allegedly make you fat. Fat is a component of food! Our bodies need fat!
There is a fine line between healthy fats (i.e. monounsaturated fats) and hydrogenated and processed fats that are found in foods like canola oil, vegetable oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil etc.
 
Avocados are one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet, and are highly linked to weight loss, contrary to popular belief.
“An avocado contains over 20 vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C, vitamin B-6, magnesium, and potassium. In fact, a cup of pureed avocado contains almost four times more potassium than a whole banana.”
 
“What do you have to say about sugar?
 SUGAR is the one condiment you DO NOT NEED in your life!! It adds absolutely NOTHING to your wellbeing, only subtracts!
It is the one thing the following statements do not justify:
“Everything in moderation”
“Not too much, just a dab”
“Sugar fuels your energy levels”
 
Listen, ANY form of carbohydrate (which is found in all the foods we eat, even vegetables) ends up as sugar in our bodies. While glucose is said to act as fuel for the body, levels that go beyond what is needed are toxic to our bodies. SO if the end result of all you’re eating is sugar, why in the world would you consume added REFINED sugar? Whether organic, white, brown, grey, SUGAR is NOT beneficial to your body in any way! You want to avoid anything that contains added sugar and all fancy names including “malt syrup, maltose, dextrose, sucrose, fructose, crystalline fructose, evaporated cane juice, corn syrup solids, high/medium/low-fructose corn syrup” which are majorly used food manufacturers.
 
I weaned myself off refined sugar with raw honey/maple syrup , and now I only do honey in small quantities, molasses and majorly naturally occurring sugar (fruits & vegetables).
 
There is ENOUGH authentic research on the above subjects, and I do not intend to add to it because I learn from that anyways. I just want to give a little foundational knowledge which will hopefully spark some kind of curiosity for you to do your own reading.
 
I just want you to know that MOST (because I try to refrain from absolute statements when I haven’t conducted 100% research) companies in the consumer goods industry care more about making their money than they do about your health!
 
I am a Master of International Marketing; I specialize in developing strategies to convince people to buy products. I know how to analyze consumer behavior and act accordingly – in case you are wondering why I am so sure! 🙂
 
The next best (AND life saving!!!) thing besides doing some reading on the ingredient lists of the foods you eat, is ASKING QUESTIONS! My friends have just about had enough when it comes to me and my questions! I want to know everything! Don’t just leave ‘glazed veggie burger’ as a menu item sitting pretty and simply expect me to order. Tell me what constitutes the glaze! 😩 Is your bread made in-house or sourced. If in-house, what did the chef use? You see, this is why I just stay home and eat at 4-5 tried and true restaurants!
 
My thing is this: If I go out and I set out to eat fries, I can’t ask too many questions because it’s fries! I mean, how healthy can fries get?
But if the restaurant is trying to paint me a pretty picture of a healthy meal, I want to know all the details!
 
I say this to circle back to my point on smoothies! You walk into this smoothie joint and just order a ‘strawberry-mango’ smoothie. Here you are thinking you’re on your way to healthy. Guess what, a lot of these joints just pour in strawberry and mango ‘flavor’, saturated with sugar, add some generic brand of milk (powder) and there you go! your smoothie! Don’t fall the ads and fancy names, PLEASE please be curious enough to ask questions.
 
I’m all for homemade, but I also know that we don’t always have the leisure of making stuff at home because… busy schedules and life basically. But, please remember this one thing: BE CURIOUS ENOUGH TO ASK QUESTIONS! YES, they may roll their eyes, or snap, but you’re paying! And the food is going into your body!
 
This is why I stick to very few brands and invest in them. You know what they stand for, and you stick with them and encourage them!
I can’t tell you how many people have come to me just in the last week trying to explain to me how sooner or later I am going to ‘have to use some kind of artificial products to preserve my soap bars’. I rebuke those spirits speaking through them😂 but of course it makes you realize how dependent we have become on artificial; that we believe that going ‘simply nature’ is an impossibility.
 
Are you still wondering why you tried healthy and it didn’t work? Because it really hasn’t been ‘healthy’ you tried. You just fell for consumer marketing. They won, unfortunately.
 
I am currently working on a MEAL GUIDE for anyone who is really interested in transforming their diet and has absolutely no idea how to go about it! It’s not just about eating salads; that can be really boring. I will publish it on the blog so everyone can have access to it! I believe the best thing we can do for ourselves nutritionally is to come to the realization that it’s time to make a change. And if you’re at that stage, I am all up for dedicating heart, soul and body to helping you.
 
You’re soon going to realize that those ‘juicy’, ‘fatty’, burgers and fries, those pizzas, are only as good as the pretty photos you take of them. It’s beyond us, people. There is so much we have been called to, you can’t make excuses that leave you sick, overweight, and unhappy! It’s not about your summer body, or being or hot mom at 40. I have never been overweight, but I sure do know what it feels to be at a weight I do not want to be! And I got to work – in so many wrong ways at the time though.
 
“For the first time ever, this upcoming generation is predicted to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents” because of poor nutrition!!
Yet, these manufacturing companies aren’t going to give up on what’s making them money if you don’t say enough is enough! ‘
If you made it this far, I am sorry I talk too much but THANK YOU for staying with me! HEALTH and WELLNESS is a topic very close to my heart and it is my constant prayer and lifelong mission to empower individuals and families to take proactive part in their health. You can be the problem and you can be the solution!
 
In health and love,
Nana.
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